Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
Here's a simple recipe to create one of the most talked-about cars on the 2016 show scene: take quite an obscure car, shove another quite obscure car inside it, and just watch people's jaws drop.
Obscure car no.1 is a Volkswagen K70. This was a machine originally designed by NSU in the late 1960s, which was sold and marketed as the K70 from 1970-75 after VW bought NSU - thereby making it Volkswagen's first model to feature a front-mounted, water-cooled engine and front wheel drive. According to howmanyleft.com, there are just four of these cars in the UK.
Obscure car no.2 is the Passat W8, a car that pretty much rewrote the rules on factory-built sleepers. It looked like a bog-standard commuter Passat, but had a 275bhp 4.0-litre W8 motor. Referring again to howmanyleft.com, there are 28 of these in the UK. Not a big seller - apparently nobody really wanted a Passat that was both expensive to tax, fuel and insure, and much more expensive to buy in the first place.
So how did the two come together? Well, it took one eager enthusiast of retro mashups - Pipey McGraw, he of the aircooled MkI Golf - and one garage able to fulfil such demands, Coltech Classics. From their collective palettes of ideas and ingenuity, they've conjured a swirling vortex of retro madness, hiding a state-of-the-art drivetrain within an obscure old three-box silhouette. The only real clues from outside are the oversized wheels (sourced from a Mercedes Vito van - the smallest rims they could fit that'd clear the brakes!), the twin tailpipes, and the hardcore Kirkey race seats peeping through the windows. Well, until Pipey fires it up, that is. Then you go deaf. But what a way to go, eh?
Spotted at Wheels Day 2016 - more photos here.